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Famous Estonians

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.
A
  • Argo Aadli actor
  • Hardo Aasmae geographer, politician, encyclopedist
  • Moonika Aava javelin thrower
  • Piret Aava fashion model
  • Aleksander Aberg wrestler
  • Valmar Adams poet, literary scholar
  • Amandus Adamson sculptor
  • Erich Adamson (Adamson-Eric) artist
  • Urmas Alender musician
  • Juri Allik psychologist
  • Friedrich Amelung chess player
  • Maret Ani tennis player
  • Olev Annus bodybuilder
  • Toomas Annus entrepreneur, investor
  • Ants Antson speed skater, Olympic medalist
  • Jaan Anvelt revolutionary, politician
  • Marko Asmer race car driver
  • Lauri Aus cyclist
B
  • Aino Bach artist
  • Karel Ernst von Baer biologist, meteorologist
  • Eino Baskin actor, director
  • Nikolai Baturin author, playwright
  • Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen admiral, navigator, geographer
  • Alexander von Benckendorff infantry general
  • Konstantin von Benckendorff general, diplomat
  • Ado Birk politician
  • Eduard Bornhohe author
  • Herbert Brede general
  • Ivar Brok army officer
  • Aleksei Budolin judoka, Olympic medalist
C - E
  • Karel Ernest Claus chemist
  • Georg Dehio art historian
  • Toomas Edur ballet dancer
  • Eduard Ellman-Eelma footballer
  • Kaarel Eenpalu journalist, politician
  • Jaan Ehlvest chess player
  • Jaan Einasto astrophysicist
  • Heino Eller composer
  • Olari Elts conductor
  • Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz entomologist, botanist, zoologist
  • Ants Eskola actor
  • Eda-Ines Etti musician
  • Ita Ever actress
F - G
  • Friedrich Robert Faehlmann philologist, physician
  • Bengt Forselius founder of public education
  • Gunnar Friedemann chess player
  • August Gailit author
  • Jacob De la Gardie soldier, statesman
  • Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie statesman
  • Ado Grenzstein journalist, teacher
H
  • Tiit Harm ballet dancer, choreographer
  • Rao Heidmets puppeteer, filmmaker
  • Otto Heinze military commander
  • Gert Helbemae author
  • Georg Hellat architect
  • Herman (Aav) clergyman Orthodox Church
  • Johannes Hint scientist, inventor
  • Kaido Hoovelson (Baruto Kaito) sumo wrestler
  • Jakob Hurt linguist, folklorist
  • Arre Illenzeer Estonian army officer
  • Maarja-Liis Ilus (Maarja) musician
  • Toomas Hendrik Ilves president (born in Sweden)
J
  • Jaan Jaago wrestler
  • Ernst Jaakson diplomat
  • Rainer Jancis composer, musician
  • Peep Janes architect
  • Juri Jarvet actor
  • Neeme Jarvi conductor
  • Paavo Jarvi conductor
  • Raivo Jarvi illustrator, politician
  • Piret Jarvis musician
  • Martin Jervan military major general, physician
  • Virge Joekalda artist
K
  • Siim Kallas politician, former prime minister
  • Kaia Kanepi tennis player
  • Raimo Kangro composer
  • Edgar Kant geographer, economist
  • Gerd Kanter discus thrower, Olympic medallist
  • Tonu Kark actor
  • Jako Karuks Estonian army officer
  • August Kasekamp major general
  • Carmen Kass model, actress, politician
  • Rainer Kattel political philosopher
  • Tunne Kelam politician
  • Kaur Kender author
  • Lionel Kieseritzky chess player
  • Jaan Kiivit, Jr. archbishop
  • Jaan Kikkas weightlifter, Olympic medallist
  • Tonis Kint politician
  • Maarja Kivi (Marya Roxx) singer, songwriter
  • Mihkel Klaassen jurist
  • Paul Kogerman chemist
  • Wolfgang Kohler psychologist, phenomenologist
  • Madis Koiv author, physicist
  • Marcus Kolga filmmaker
  • Kaie Korb ballerina
  • Miliza Korjus opera singer, actress
  • Otto von Kotzebue geographer, navigator
  • Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald physician, author
  • Marko Kristal footballer
  • Adam Johann von Krusenstern explorer, navigator
  • Jaan Kruus military major general
  • Ernst Gustav Kuhnert architect, art historian
  • Gustav Kunnos military general
  • Julius Kuperjanov military commander
  • Ants Kurvits military major general
  • Albert Kusnets wrestler, Olympic medallist
  • Toomas Kuter author, journalist

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